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Happy cover reveal day to The Trail to You & Me! In this video, I talk about the process I went through to design the cover for my young adult romance novel. I talk about why I hired an illustrator, how I hired an illustrator, and the design process worked! Make sure to tune in next week for another cover reveal video, and to learn the logistics behind why I started a new pen name for my fictional books!
Let's talk about how you can print your book using more than one print-on-demand company to self-publish your book. Working with more than one print-on-demand company allows you to take advance of the best distribution as possible, and also get the most out of your royalty rates. In this video, I'll be covering different print-on-demand companies such as IngramSpark, Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes and Noble Press, LuLu, and Draft2Digital.
Today's video I'm sitting down to plan my book release and make sure I'm not forgetting anything in the book launch process! I'll be using My Book Launch Planner to fill out templates, checklists, and my book launch timeline! Come along for the ride as I talk about the self-publishing checklist, market research, and setting book sale goals!
IngramSpark just dropped the biggest update ever! Starting Mary 1st, it will be free to upload and publish your book to IngramSpark. Traditionally you'd have to pay $50 or have a coupon code, but now it's free! But where's the catch? In today's video, I'm talking about all the updates IngramSpark just announced, as well as going into detail of what these updates mean for self-published authors. So what do you think? Are you excited for the updates?
In today’s video I’ll be going over the printing requirements Kindle Direct Publishing has for the interior files of your book. We’ll go over trim size, bleed size, and margin sizes. If you want access to the interior templates I used for my books, sign up for my book formatting course where the template is included in the cost of the course. When you take the course I also teach you how to use and customize the template for any book!
In this video we're talking about all things ISBN. We'll go over what ISBNs are, why you need them for your book, and what you should know before you assign your book to an ISBN. We'll also talk about the difference between a free ISBN and a paid ISBN. And lastly, we'll talk about how to get a free ISBN and where you can go to purchase a paid ISBN and assign it to your book.
In a previous video I did a tutorial on how to publish and format a print book on Draft2Digital, and today I wanted to how you how to use Draft2Digital to format your ebook! You can also publish your ebook using Draft2Digital, but if you don’t have to. The best part about Draft2Digital is that they allow you to format your book and download the EPUB file you need to upload your ebook to other retailer websites!
So far in my Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing a Book Series here on YouTube I've talked a lot about how to create your book, such as choosing a print on demand company, printing your book, and finally getting it published. But after writing and working so hard on getting your book published, how do you actually sell the book? That's where today's video comes in handy. Today I'm sharing with you forty-five book marketing ideas that you can use to start selling more copies of your book.
Last year I did a step by step tutorial on how to upload your book to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. In that video I promised to do a full video tutorial on how to research categories and keywords for your book when self-publishing. Today I wanted to finally give you that tutorial and show you what I do to research categories and keywords for my books when I upload them to self-publish on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
Today's video is going to be a beginner's guide to formatting a book. We'll be talking about some of the content that goes inside a book, such as the front matter, end matter, and the book itself. In this video, I'll also be going over some book formatting tips so you can create a professional and clean book that's ready for publication on Amazon and beyond!
Plan a Book Launch & Self-Publish a Book in 2023! // If you want to self-publish a book this year, then My Book Launch Planner is going to be your new favorite tool to plan your book release! In this video I'm doing a flip-through of the planner to show you some of the templates, checklists, and worksheets included in My Book Launch Planner.
Curious about the book cover design process? Today’s video is a book cover design timelapse video. See exactly how I design book covers in photoshop. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to design a book cover yourself or you’re looking for a book cover tutorial, be sure to get on the waitlist for my book cover design course which will come out later this year! Anyone who signs up for the waitlist will also be eligible for a coupon when the course releases.
Looking to self-publish a book in 2023? In today's video I wanted to introduce you all to a new app called xTiles. This app is a great way to organize your thoughts and plans visually. It can be used for just about anything: outlining your book, creating character profiles, or in today's case, planning how you're going to self-publish your book.
Last year I started my Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing a Book series. I made videos on as many print on demand companies as I could, reviewing the quality of the books, the platforms, and giving tutorials on each platform. I also made a video judging all the print on demand companies side by side, but today I wanted to talk to you about my personal favorite companies to work with.
Since I published my fifth novel, I thought it was a good time to sit down and talk about how much money I spent to self-publish my book on Amazon. In this video I'll be talking about all the things you can expect to pay for when you're self-publishing a book, some things I do to save money when self-publishing, and exactly how much money I paid to self-publish my novel on Amazon.
Book Writing Software That Can Also Promote Your Story? // Last time I did a video with CampfireWriting.com I was showing you how you can use the book writing software to outline your story, create character profiles, and even write the book itself. Today we're going to take things a step further and use the Campfire Explore option to create a homepage for your book that you can use to share your story with critique partners, or even potentially discover new readers!
Welcome to my release day vlog for Let the Rubble Fall, which is the second book in the Road Trip Snapshot Series. In this author vlog I share the behind-the-scenes of what happens on book launch day! From sending out newsletters to posting on social media all day, I’m sharing my day with you! Make sure to stay tuned until the end when I go to the new Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience in Westchester, New York to celebrate my release day with a fellow author friend!
Let the Rubble Fall is the second book in the Road Trip Snapshot Series. If you like sweet romance, outdoors, and coming of age, then you’ll love this story that will be sure to tug at your heartstrings.
Let's talk about book trailers, which are a great marketing tool when you're self-publishing your book. In this video, we're going to be talking about the many different types of book trailers out there, and then I'm doing a tutorial on how to make a book trailer using stock video footage. There are only five steps to make a book trailer, so let's jump right into it!
Designing a Contemporary Illustrated Book Cover – Timelapse Book Cover Design in Photoshop // It’s time to reveal the book cover for my latest novel, Let the Rubble Fall! This is the second book in the Road Trip Snapshot Series and releases on December 12th.
The Best Book Formatting Software – How to Format a Book // So what’s the best book formatting software? In this video, I talk about some of the different software you can use to format your book for ebook in print. I go through some of the downsides of the most common book formatting software, Microsoft Word. Adobe InDesign is my favorite book formatting software and I now offer a book formatting course so you can learn how to easily and affordably format your print book and ebook.
It’s time for another writing vlog! It’s been a while since I’ve done a writing vlog, but I’m back and ready to edit! I just got my feedback from alpha readers and I’m ready to use that feedback to edit my book and get it ready for beta readers! In this video I share my editing process, how I made my writing schedule for the two weeks I worked on this book and a little bit of a day in the life! I hope this video brings you a bit of writing motivation as I share my writing process!
If you’re self-publishing your book, there’s a lot to plan and organize. Keeping track of it all can be overwhelming, which is why I want to talk about creating a book publishing timeline when you’re self-publishing your book! In this video, I’m going to be talking about different methods you can use to create a book publishing timeline, what steps you need to take when you’re self-publishing your book, and how long some of those steps may take you during the self-publishing process.
So far on my channel I’ve talked about Kindle Direct Publishing, IngramSpark, Barnes & Noble Press, Draft2Digital, and Lulu Publishing as print-on-demand book publishing companies. I’ve gone in-depth with each company talk about the pros and cons. Cost to print, distribution, quality of the book, printing options for the books, and tutorials on how to use the platforms to publish your book on Amazon on beyond.